Environment


V.29 No.7 | 2/13/2020
Maya van Rossum
Eric Williams Photography

Environment

A New Mexico Green Amendment

Van Rossum in the Land of Enchantment

Green activst Maya van Rossum is in New Mexico this week to talk about her new book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment. She stopped by Weekly Alibi to talk about the book and how it applies to the state of New Mexico, where she hopes to foster the introduction of legislation to amend our state’s constitution.
V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
Like a white flag waving, it’s time to surrender our bags.
Dan Pennington

Food for Thought

It’s Time To Let Go of Bags

Plastic bag ban is step in right direction for city

Many don’t remember, but there was a time in New Mexico history when people said the state bird was a plastic bag, because wherever you went, you would be sure to see one lazily drifting through the sky, hanging in a tree and flapping its metaphorical wings noisily above the streets.
V.29 No.1 | 1/2/2020
White Sands National Park
NPS/R. Burghart

Environment

White Sands Forever

A monument becomes a park

You may now use the phrase White Sands National Park to refer to a relatively small and totally awesome portion of the stark desert landscape south of here.
V.28 No.48 | 11/28/2019
A kiva at Bandelier National Monument
/ Public Domain

Environment

Oh Say Can You See Bandelier?

From monument to park and preserve

Late last week, US Senator Martin Heinrich announced plans to put forward legislation that would designate Bandelier National Monument as a National Park and Preserve.
V.28 No.46 | 11/14/2019
image by Xanthe Miller

Arts Interview

Don’t Fence Me In

Sam Truett on Species in Peril on the Borderlands

Weekly Alibi sat down with Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico and expert panelist for Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, to talk about the history of the US/Mexico border and what borders mean for the animals that must cross them.
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V.28 No.22 | 5/30/2019
United States Energy Association

Environment

Let’s Get Polluted!

Methane emissions are concerning

A report published by the Environmental Defense Fund in April 2019 suggests that current EPA reporting of methane emissions is off by a factor of five, and the waste of leaking the greenhouse pollutant costs New Mexico about $43 million in lost tax and royalty revenue.
V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
Deb Haaland meets with children
Eric Williams Photography

On Assignment

Haaland on Climate Disruption

Rep’s appearance at film festival emphasizes emergency

US Representative Deb Haaland advocated small changes in personal usage at the Climate Disruption Film Festival, but but where were the millennials?
V.28 No.14 | 4/4/2019
Natural gas flaring in the Permian Basin
Courtesy Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media

Environment

Methane Goes Boom!

Profitable wells equal global warming

On a late March weekend, State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard headed out to the Permian Basin to visit oil wells on state trust lands. Not one facility visited didn’t have visible (with a FLIR camera) emissions pouring out from pipes or seeping out of valves.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019

News Feature

The Fractured Earth

Fracking bill would stop drilling to investigate process

We asked citizen activists who had been at the Senate Conservation Committee hearing on SB 459 to stop by Alibi HQ and spend the morning telling us why fracking is so dang bad for New Mexico.
V.27 No.36 | 9/6/2018
The Rio Grande, south of Albuquerque, Summer 2018
Laura Paskus

Environment

Water, Water Everywhere

Cooperation yields fluid results

At their Aug. 22 meeting, New Mexico’s largest water utility agreed to sell water to the federal government to boost flows in the Rio Grande through the end of the year.
V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Monsoon season in New Mexico
Laura Paskus

Environment

Drought’s Grip, El Niño’s Promise

Dry conditions persist across N.M.

Breaking the drought requires more than a handful of rainstorms—even big storms. And grappling with its impacts means policymakers should listen to scientists and constituents, ranging from farmers to city-dwellers.
V.27 No.28 | 7/12/2018
Rio Grande
Laura Paskus

Environment

The Monsoon Approaches

But the drought persists

Wetter weather may be approaching, but our state’s drought is a persistent one.
V.27 No.24 | 6/14/2018
The Sandia Mountains in winter
courtesy USDA

New Mexico News

Playing With Fire

Forest closures, fireworks bans and a very hot planet

The increased heat and decreased rainfall that we've caused is starting to put an end to summertime enjoyment of New Mexico’s forests and grasslands, as well as fireworks, but are we unhappy enough yet to vote against it?
V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
Beauty the Turkey Vulture
Larry Rimer

Environment

Brave New World Vulture

Beauty the Turkey Vulture does work to make her species proud

Hawks Aloft is a local nonprofit that deals in conservation of birds of prey.
kids planting
Corey Yazzie

Environment

Healthy Plants, Healthy Kids

Water conservation project at Barelas school

The students in the Dolores Gonzales Gardening Club will be going home with not only some fresh fruits and vegetables from their beds, but also with some plants they can continue to nurture at home, learning to be stewards for nature.